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Hiroshima Day Rally marking the 63rd anniversary of atomic bombing


The 2008 World Conference against A& H Bombs-Hiroshima concluded a series of events on August 6 with the Hiroshima Day Rally kicking off a new signature campaign calling for a world free of nuclear weapons and global common action in preparation for the 2010 NPT Review Conference.


Taka Hiroshi, secretary general of the Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Japan Gensuikyo) declared the start of the signature campaign in support of the gAppeal for a Nuclear Weapon-free Worldh (See separate item).


The new signature campaign will urge nuclear weapon countries to put into practice the gunequivocal undertakingh they agreed to at the 2000 NPT Review Conference and call on all governments to agree to immediately begin negotiations aimed at the conclusion of an international treaty banning and eliminating nuclear weapons. 


Government representatives of Ecuador, Cuba, Norway, and Venezuela delivered their respective statements.


Participants adopted a gCall from Hiroshimah and a special resolution demanding a swift resolution of the issue of certification of Hibakusha suffering from diseases caused by exposure to atomic bomb radiation.


Ninety-nine delegates from 34 countries, including a United Nations representative participated in the 2008 World Conference. 

? Akahata, August 7, 2008

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